Time for a brand new episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast!! On a special episode this week, Andrew Beirl and Kevin Sommerfield spent the time on the podcast chatting about their favorite (and least favorite) films from 1983 as well as reviews some new to dvd/bluray horror selections.
Peter Stickles (Evil Bong 3-D, Strangers with Candy) and Latin for Truth frontman Charles Ray Hastings Jr. have officially boarded the cast of the upcoming UnHollywood/Slasher Studios feature Man Kills, Jesus Saves.
Set in 1988 West Virginia, ‘Man Kills, Jesus Saves’ centers around a Bible Studies camp for children led by the ever ‘hip’ youth pastor Duane Sheppard Jr. As he and his collective of Christ-loving youth counselors begin setting up camp for the season, a series of strange happenings occur that rattle the members of the site and, in turn, lead to several murders committed by an unidentified killer.
In the midst of this, Duane and the camp itself face the potential of scandal and condemnation due to long held rumors of inhumane treatment and ‘gay correction’ therapies surfacing in The Village Voice. Duane struggles to cover up the murders to avoid further bad publicity and attempts find the killer before things escalate to the point of no return.
Stickles is slated to play a drug-hunting entrepreneur by the name of Aras and Hastings will take on the role of Bobby Jon Reinhold, previously announced to be played by Practice Makes Perfect star Michael Malkiewicz. Malkiewicz and Practice Makes Perfect co-star Alex Hand left the project in May due to scheduling conflicts.
Written and helmed by Practice Makes Perfect director Jayme Karales, Man Kills, Jesus Saves will enter production this August, pending the success of a Kickstarter campaign set to begin June 10th.
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The wait is finally over genre fans. After a last minute yanking from last year’s theatrical release, Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno now has distribution as well as a brand new release date.
The official press release:
BH Tilt, Blumhouse Productions’ label dedicated to creating tailored distribution strategies for genre films, will release Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno on September 25, 2015 in collaboration with Universal Pictures and High Top Releasing, a label dedicated to servicing high quality movies using Focus Features’ distribution capabilities. The companies will debut The Green Inferno on approximately 1,000 screens and promote the film by employing a targeted digital campaign focused on creating awareness and engagement among genre fans.
“The Green Inferno is a wild, fun ride that took us deeper into the Amazon than anyone has ever taken a film crew,” said Roth. “BH Tilt is a forward thinking label that is helping to redefine how genre movies can be released. I want to express my deep gratitude to the fans for their incredible support of this movie and to everyone at Blumhouse and Universal for making sure fans can experience the film in theaters across the country.”
Jason Blum said: “When we launched BH Tilt we said our goal was to be part of the continuing evolution of distribution, whether it is through changing marketing strategies, changing revenue sources or changing windows. We are excited to capitalize on new developments in distribution and marketing to bring Eli’s movie to horror lovers across the country.”
In The Green Inferno, a group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Blumhouse, which has a 10-year first-look production agreement with Universal Pictures, specializes in micro-budget genre movies. The company, whose franchises have grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide, gives directors creative freedom to make the movies they want. Given their low-budgets, the films can be distributed and marketed both traditionally and in new ways.
We are down to our final case of DVDs for Don’t Go to the Reunion and once these are gone, they are gone forever! While supplies last, we are giving away a free 11 x 17 Don’t Go to the Reunion poster with every DVD purchase through Slasher Studios. It makes for a bloody good gift and we want to share the slasher goodness with you. Lots of special features (check out the list below). Remember, these are region free dvds with exclusive extras you won’t find anywhere else and you must purchase through the link below to receive your free poster.
* Audio Commentary with the filmmakers
* Blooper Reel
* “Class of 2004” Yearbook
* Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, Blood Brothers)
Scott Rantzen (Brady Simenson) is a horror movie loving misfit who is teased by the popular students in school. When a date with the very popular and very beautiful Erica Carpenter (Stephanie Leigh Rose) backfires, he feels as though his life is ruined. Ten years later, the gang reunite for their class reunion. Little do they know that someone is waiting for them and ready to see that they pay for what they did. Is Scott back for revenge and will the old gang survive to tell the tale? It’ll be more gore for Class of 04.
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Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist is the rare horror film that gets everything right. The chilling moments are extremely terrifying, the heartfelt moments are truly touching, and the acting is as close to perfect as you can get. The late Heather O’Rourke gives a beautiful performance as the youngest Freeling child, Carol Anne and JoBeth Williams knocks it out of the park as the mother, Diane. The family bond feels genuine and holds this film together.
For such a great film, I’ve always felt a little underwhelmed by the official poster. That may be an unpopular opinion and while I feel it’s ominous, creepy, and describes the film well, I think there’s a lot more creativity that could’ve been put into it.
With a remake just released, I thought it was fitting to revisit the original classic and break down three of the countless beautiful fan posters that have came along over the years.
Art credit: Jairo Guerrero
I can’t say enough about this poster. So much attention to detail and the drawing of Tangina is perfect. I’d love to see this art on a VHS release. This is exactly the type of poster I’d proudly display on my wall.
Art credit: Ken Taylor
This poster made my jaw drop the first time I saw it. The perfect way to be ominous and subtle while still capturing the creepy quality the film has. A beautiful, haunting foreshadowing of the events of the movie.
Art credit: We Buy Your Kids
Ah, Tangina. One of my favorite characters in cinema. While I’m not the biggest fan of minimalist posters, this is one that I feel completely nails it. It feels very psychadelic and eye-catching. The choice of font is stunning and the orbs of light around her and closet doors reflected in her glasses are a very clever way to hint to the events of the film without giving away important scares if you haven’t seen it.
Those are just three of the many gorgeous fan posters this film has and I think it’s great that so many artists show their love for this horror gem. Check back next Friday for the next Horror Poster Friday.
–Noah Nicholas Nelson
When the Bowen family moves into a welcoming house in the suburbs, they think it’s the start of a new chapter in their lives. Eric (Sam Rockwell) is on a mission to find a new job and his wife Amy (Rosemarie Dewitt) is a stay-at-home mom, who also happens to be a writer. Eric and Amy along with their three children love the house immediately. But it isn’t too long before their paranoid young son Griffin (Kyle Catlett) begins to develop a fear of the house that his parents brush off, thinking it’s just another one of his fears. But it isn’t until their youngest daughter Maddie (Kennedy Clements) starts talking to people that aren’t there and starts making contact with presences through the television, and from her closet. When Maddie is taken by these forces, the family enlists the help of Carrigan Burke (Jared Harris), a well-known paranormal investigator with his own t.v. show, to help get her back. They learn that what they are dealing with is no ordinary haunting, and that Maddie’s life is in danger.
Poltergeist is a remake of the 1982 horror film of the same name directed by Tobe Hooper. I admit I am not too crazy about the original film. It had some very good aspects to it, but in the end it didn’t really cut it for me. For me I felt it dragged on a bit too much and lacked any real tension or scares. So going into the remake I wasn’t sure how the result would end up being. During the first portion of the film, I found myself thinking it was going to be a borefest. However, it isn’t until the events begin that it caught my attention. However, unlike the original which took its sweet time to build up, this one jumps into the events much too quickly. The big scene in which the eldest daughter is babysitting, she and the other two children are attacked, was fairly intense and well-constructed, but at the same time, it felt like they were trying to cram too much activity into one scene. The taking of Maddie, not going to lie was rather chilling unlike the scene in the original.
When Harris’ character is brought in, it’s also when it begins to slow down and drag on a bit before it picks back up. That said, when it comes to the final act, it definitely makes up for the slower moments. The final act is actually pretty intense and it also put a new twist into the story making it different from the original, but not much. The final scene involving the poltergeist and the attack on the family actually gave me the chills and made my jaw drop a little bit. Throughout the film I can tell the writers wanted to stay really faithful to the original film and capture some of its key moments, but at the same time wanted to make it fresh. As a result it feels like many things are so crammed together it prevents the viewer from really getting to know the characters. We don’t really know the family too well, on the outside they seem like a typical family, but at the same time, they are certain things revealed about them that they don’t go into much detail with. For example, why Rockwell can afford an expensive house when he’s laid off, and the wife hasn’t been doing much, or really how bad the son’s phobias are. That is one thing the original definitely had on this is that we really get to know the family before things happen. There is also the factor of the Carol Anne character (this time Maddie), this version focuses way to much on the son and not enough on Maddie who is supposed to be the central character. We also don’t get to know the investigator, just brief snippets of his past.
As far as the acting goes, the cast does a fine job with what they have. Kennedy Clements brings cuteness and innocence to the role of Maddie, but takes a bit a too over-the-top, whereas Heather O’Rourke in the original film played Carol Anne with great poise. Rockwell and Dewitt are likable as the parents, but they don’t really shine much. Rockwell only stands out a bit more because of his humorous moments. If anyone in the cast did well with their role it’s Jared Harris, but sadly he doesn’t get a whole lot to work with either, I wanted to see more of his character. As far as effects go, they weren’t that bad. They didn’t get too carried away with the CGI, but used just enough to satisfy the audience and bring on this paranormal world. Although the tree attack scene was MASSIVELY disappointing compared to the original and came of as not scary at all. Another weak aspect is that there was a lot of forced and unnecessary humor that detached me from the mood it was trying to accomplish in those scenes.
With all of this being said, I thought this remake wasn’t bad for what it was. It certainly did everything it could to capture the original film, but with a somewhat lengthier script, they would have accomplished this much more than they did. It’s one that will definitely divide horror audiences. It doesn’t use any cheap scares, but it lacks the atmosphere the original had, as well as the character development. However, the finale packs a much stronger punch and we do get some good acting from our cast. I assume fans of the original won’t be thrilled about this remake, but for those who either didn’t like the original or thought it was okay, they mind something a bit more to like here, but nothing vastly greater. Overall it is at least a remake worth checking out.
Time for a brand new episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast!! On a special episode this week, Andrew Beirl and Kevin Sommerfield spent the time on the podcast chatting about their favorite (and least favorite) films from 1982 as well as reviews some new to dvd/bluray horror selections.